At times, big leads prove to be more difficult to contain than one goal leads. On December 15, the Philadelphia Flyers lost a 4-1 lead en-route to a 5-4 shootout loss to these same scrappy Washington Capitals.
This time, almost blowing a 4-0 lead on home ice, the Flyers survived a difficult third period to overtake the Caps 6-4 on Wednesday night. It was the Flyers' seventh win in the last eight games, Sharks blowout aside.
The Flyers have dealt defenseman Andrej Meszaros to the Boston Bruins for a conditional pick on Wednesday.
The conditions of the pick won't be revealed until later tonight when Meszaros has a conference call with the NHL. The conditions are in the Flyers favor, and could either be a better pick or more than one.
Meszaros, 28, has five goals and 12 assists in 38 games this season. He also played for his home country Slovakia in the Olympic games during February.
The Philadelphia Flyers have made their first move of the trade deadline.
The Flyers acquired Andrew MacDonald from the New York Islanders for a pair of draft picks and an AHL player. The picks are a 2014 third round pick and a 2015 second-rounder to go with minor leaguer Matt Mangene.
It has not been a fun year for new Flyer Vincent Lecavalier. Once a long-standing captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning, his contract became a boat anchor under a new CBA and a constricted salary cap. Thus, his time as a full-time Floridian came to an end.
Suitors abounded for this man's services after news of his release. Lecavalier, a first overall pick back in 1998, and once described as the "Michael Jordan of hockey," had a spot on many rosters across the NHL at a bit of a subdued monetary rate.
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren disregarded this, became the highest bidder, and signed a five-year pact worth $22.5 million. 14 goals, 12 assists and 49 games later, fan impatience hit a crescendo when he went long stretches with nary a point to show for it. In a time where nobody was scoring, Lecavalier scored five of his goals during that span.
The Philadelphia Flyers had a rough night on Thursday.
Following a 7-3 drubbing to the San Jose Sharks, the mood in the locker room was filled with disappointment and confusion. Both Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell said after the game that they don't know where it went wrong, but they needed to get back to playing their style of hockey.
Or as Hartnell worded it, "Flyers hockey."
(Photo: Vincent Lecavalier (front) and Kimmo Timonen celebrate after Lecavalier's game-winning goal on Sunday. AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Over the past several seasons, the Philadelphia Flyers possessed an ability to come back to win games after subpar second period efforts. On Thursday night, after five unaswered goals by the San Jose Sharks, any hope of that happening again was extinguished rather quickly.
A hat trick from American Olympian Joe Pavelski, two goals from Canadian candidate Logan Couture and two goals from Raffi Torres in his season debut crushed the Flyers in a punishing 7-3 rout at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Flyers kick off their second “half” to the season on Thursday after taking a short hiatus for the Olympics. A four game winning streak finished off the first half, so the team will be looking to continue its’ momentum from three weeks ago.
The 2014 Winter Olympics have concluded and all attention now turns back to the NHL and towards the Philadelphia Flyers returning to action on Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks.
While most of the Flyers enjoyed a few weeks off, five Flyers spent the Olympic break representing their respective countries in Sochi, Russia. Those five players were Kimmo Timonen (Finland), Jakub Voracek (Czech Republic), Michael Raffl (Austria), Mark Streit (Switzerland) and Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia).
For the most part, the success of those players went with the success of their teams.
(Photo: Kimmo Timonen (left) celebrates his bronze medal with Teemu Selanne (right) and the rest of Finland. Photo via Flyers website.)
The red light goes on behind the Flyers net and it’s announced that the goal scorer is a former Flyer. “Typical ex-Flyers, always scoring on us,” is the usual reply from Flyers fans.
But do ex-Flyers have good luck against their former club, or is it just in our minds?
In the 189 regular season games since the 2011-2012 season began, the Flyers have faced old mates in 116 of those games. Many of the games featured multiple former Flyers and many players have played against their former club multiple times.
Of the 141 appearances, 95 were by forwards, 41 were defensemen and five were goaltenders.